It may only get worse for this government

It may only get worse for this government

Leo Varadkar could well live to regret his failure to call a general election last year

Politicians affect lack of interest in unwelcome opinion surveys while absorbing every detail through their pores. The only poll that matters is on polling day. But when the results of European and local elections are disappointing, then they are “different” from a general election.

Yes, they are different, but they are also portents of what could happen in a proximate general election. Ask Bertie Ahern about 2004 (after which he had the capacity to buy...

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